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The Perfect Storm

A storm is brewing...

If you listen closely
Hold your breath
Close your eyes
Cock your head
And…really listen,
You’ll hear it –
You’ll hear 
the deafening sound of silence!
There’s a reign of hush
all over the landscape
engulfed in deep shadows,
And your heart starts pounding,
You get a feeling of foreboding
There is no wind
No rustling of the leaves,
You look up
The sky hanging heavy and laden,
Thick rolling clouds
gray and pregnant with moisture
Bursting at the seams—
There’s this state of brooding disquietude.

Then you hear a slight rustle,
Suddenly you look up in time
to see a leaf quiver,
But again, a breath-taking silence…
And then, in the gathering gloom,
A blinding lightning,
Like someone just flashed
a giant camera in your face!
For a split second you see
all the trees standing dark
and hunched over like chained slaves,
Standing in a row
tired, beat and hopeless 
of what’s to come next.

The earth beneath your feet
tremble under an ear-splitting,
earth-shattering clap of thunder
rumbling like a distant cannon fire.

And then like a thousand Niagaras
The rain starts bearing down
with jihadi fervor
Water-logging the earth,
Like the heavens bursting into tears,
Like the ocean caught up in a spasm;

Then you understand, you feel,
In every pore of your skin,
The awesome fury of Nature.


~03/25/16
~A Storm is Brewing contest by Kelly Deschler

Copyright © Abdul Malik

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  1. Date: 4/20/2016 2:14:00 AM

    This is truly a fantastic poem, Abdul. Wonderful description of the stillness and calm before the storm. A brilliant write. A7+++. Best wishes for the contest. T.J
  1. Date: 4/16/2016 8:11:00 PM

    Wow! Abdul what an awesome description of natures fury loved the rain bearing down with jihadi fervor. One suggestion I think you're missing an s after heart start- earth tremble- rain start would sound more grammatically correct, flow better. But a wonderful piece of poetry. a 7 for me

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